Is anyone really scared of anything the European Union (EU) says or does? With the left — and don’t get it twisted, the EU is most definitely on the left — losing their minds over independent journalist Tucker Carlson’s upcoming interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it makes one wonder what the left doesn’t want people to hear.
The unelected members of the EU seem to have a problem with Carlson and his interview with Putin to the point that one particular member wants to impose not only a travel ban on Carlson, according to Newsweek, but to also refer his “case” to the External Action Service (EAS), who determines whether or not sanctions are necessary.
On a side note, I don’t remember any of these EU parasites calling for sanctions on Barbara Walters, George Stephanopoulos or Charlie Rose for their interview with Putin in previous years.
Anyway, EU Parliament member Guy Verhofstadt is the tool talking about trying to put a muzzle on Carlson for attempting to practice actual journalism.
For an individual to be added to the EU's sanctions list, evidence must be presented to the EAS for review. If deemed sufficient, the EAS can then present the case to the European Council—the body made up of EU national leaders—which takes the final decision on whether to impose sanctions.
As such, any hypothetical sanctions for Carlson may be some way off, even if the move has sufficient support among European lawmakers and heads of state.
Alone, members of the Parliament do not have the power to impose sanctions. Given the fierce struggles within the Council over several rounds of sanctions—including on individuals linked to the Kremlin—adding Carlson to that list would prove a tall order.
One European diplomatic official, who did not wish to be named as they were not authorized to speak publicly, told Newsweek that any future travel restrictions would likely require proof that he is linked to Moscow's aggression, something that "is absent or hard to prove.”
Newsweek included a quote from Carlson’s announcement of the interview with Putin, but decided to edit out the part where Carlson proclaimed his love for the U.S.
Here’s Newsweek’s version:
"We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin....We are not encouraging you to agree with what Putin may say in this interview, but we are urging you to watch it. You should know as much as you can.”
Here’s what Carlson actually said in FULL context:
“We are not here because we love Vladimir Putin. We are here because we love the United States. And we want it to remain prosperous and free. We paid for this trip ourselves. We took no money from any government or group, nor are we charging people to see the interview. It is not behind a paywall. Anyone can watch the entire thing shot live to tape and unedited on our website, TuckerCarlson.com. Elon Musk, to his great credit, has promised not to suppress or block this interview once we post it on his platform X, and we’re grateful for that. Western government, by contrast, will certainly do their best to censor this video on other, less-principled platforms, because that’s what they do. They are afraid of information they can’t control. But you have no reason to be afraid of it. We are not encouraging you to agree with what Putin may say in this interview, but we are urging you to watch it. You should know as much as you can. And then, like a free citizen and not a slave, you can decide for yourself.”
Why I'm interviewing Vladimir Putin. pic.twitter.com/hqvXUZqvHX— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) February 6, 2024
Wow! He’s so evil!!! I understand not including some of the quotation, but to exclude parts that actually explain the reasoning while trying to explain his reasoning for the interview is suspect.
Give me a break. Once again, it make one wonder what the establishment elite powers-that-be are so afraid of people hearing in this interview. I guess the only way to determine what those things might be is to watch.
Get bent, EU.
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